Arsenal are planning a shock swoop for Robin van Persie next summer with Arsene Wenger meeting the player's representatives last month, according to the Metro.
The report states that a truce has been reached with United where the Dutchman will make his way back to the Emirates next summer, allowing the Red Devils to buy another striker.
The striker was in superb form for the Gunners in 2011/12 when he single-handedly led the Gunners to the Champions League before making his way to Old Trafford, where he won the league title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, with David Moyes taking over this season, the Dutchman has been left frustrated and is considering a move back to Arsenal should the opportunity present itself.
The Gunners have money to spend and with a few reinforcements, they can provide van Persie with the kind of service he thrives on.
The player has posted a note on his official website stating he will not sign a new contract, so it remains to be seen if the Gunners faithful will warm up to him should he make a return.
The Gunners are in the market for a striker and with van Persie available, it may turn out to be a stroke of genius by the north London club if they can persuade him to return.
Arsenal are currently second in the league, a point behind Chelsea and will host Sunderland at home next weekend to bring themselves back to winning ways. Draws against Manchester United and Southampton followed by a harrowing loss at Liverpool have stifled their title charge.
The Gunners have the opportunity to redeem themselves against the Reds when they take them on in the fifth round of the FA Cup. A win will bolster their belief and keep them in contention for silverware this season.